I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

Recent Posts:
Reading the Rainbow BINGO Reading Challenge
#NFPB2019- May 22, 2019

My Papi Has a MotorcycleMy Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet read about a father-daughter motorcycle ride through their changing town and how things stay the same.

OgilvyOgilvy by Deborah Underwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What if how you look affects what you can and can’t do? Well, Ogilvy is not having it. And that doesn’t make others happy. Will they get him to conform or will Ogilvy change their point of views?

Most MarshmallowsMost Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A quirky (as to be expected from this author) about being oneself, even if one is a marshmallow.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That HappenedHyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been meaning to read this and I’m glad I finally did. I thought this was mostly about depression but it was so much more than that. Hilarious.

The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your LifeThe Four Agreements Companion Book: Using the Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life by Miguel Ruiz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m sure I’ve read The Four Agreements before and I’ve been wanting to read his other books so I picked this up to refresh my memory. I definitely agree with some of the things here but some concepts (or the way they were presented) didn’t connect.

For my Reading the Rainbow BINGO Reading Challenge

Openly Straight (Openly Straight, #1)Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet and funny LGBTQ YA novel perfect for readers who enjoy the drama and hijinks of the TV show Dawson’s Creek. Rafe decides to go to boarding school so he can just be himself not just the gay kid from Colorado. He decides to lie through omission. He also ends up falling in love with one of his classmates. An interesting and entertaining read about identity.

Openly, Honestly (Openly Straight, #1.5)Openly, Honestly by Bill Konigsberg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A bridge of sorts between the first and second novel of this series. Cute but ended sort of abruptly.

Live Oak, with MossLive Oak, with Moss by Walt Whitman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow! Brian Selznick delivers another unique reading experience- similar to what he did with The Invention of Hugo Cabret- this time illustrating a companion of sorts to Walt Whitman’s poems “Live Oak, with Moss.” This cluster of twelve poems, long kept secret for their homoerotic content, is full of passion and yearning describing many stages of love. Included is an in depth analysis of the writing and meanings of these poems.

On Being Different: What It Means to Be a HomosexualOn Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual by Merle Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written in response to a homophobic article, Merle Miller counteracts with an essay in the New York Times in 1971. Very though-provoking, personal and relatable. Includes a foreword by Dan Savage, the essay, and two afterwords, including one by Miller. A slim book that carries with it a lot of weight.

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!
Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

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5 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- May 27, 2019

  1. Most Marshmallows didn’t fly with me. I am finding out that quirky books and me really don’t get along 🙂

  2. I’ve really been looking forward to My Papi has a Motorcycle. I love her work, but also, my father also had a motorcycle. I’m also intrigued by the Whitman/Selznick work.

  3. My Papi Has a Motorcycle is on my list. I adore Isabel Quintero.
    Openly Straight just didn’t work for me. Now that I am a senior, I have a hard time dealing with teen angst and that book was too full of it for me.
    I like to think that we are now at a time where sexuality is accepted, and it mostly is here in Vancouver BC where I live, but then I am gobsmacked by overt homophobia. I wonder if we will ever progress to that place where who people love doesn’t matter so long as they find love?

  4. My Papi Has a Motorcycle is on my to be read list, but I haven’t yet found a copy. This looks so great, so I can’t wait to read it. I’ve also been wanting to read Hyperbole and a Half after becoming familiar with the blog several years ago. Looks really great, so thanks for reminding me of it. Have a great reading week, Earl!

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